Counterfeit objects, weapons seized at warehouse; three arrested

Police arrested three individuals and seized unlawful weapons throughout a raid final week on a downtown warehouse stocked with over 660,000 counterfeit objects, in response to the Los Angeles Police Division.

Detectives from a unit that investigates counterfeit operations executed a search warrant Thursday on the warehouse on the 500 block of Towne Avenue, police mentioned. The transfer got here after investigators noticed a “manufacturing and distribution operation for counterfeit vape that included a number of well-known manufacturers,” in response to an LAPD news release.

Vape units use battery energy to show liquids infused with nicotine or different substances into aerosols that may be inhaled.

In the course of the search, detectives additionally discovered three unlawful assault weapons, one among which is a “ghost gun,” which means it lacks an origin and serial numbers, the assertion mentioned.

An officer for LAPD’s industrial crimes division refused to determine the three individuals who have been taken into custody in the course of the raid, saying doing so would jeopardize an ongoing investigation. The individuals have been arrested on suspicion of possession of unlawful assault weapons and counterfeiting, the officer mentioned.

Together with the vape knock-offs, the counterfeit objects included “imitation hats, beanies, T-shirts, footwear and video video games which might be in violation of registered logos.” If genuine and bought on the producer’s steered retail value, the objects would have been price greater than $7 million, police mentioned.

Counterfeit merchandise “could also be hazardous to your well being,” the information launch famous. “Producers of counterfeit merchandise should not beholden to the identical rigorous supplies and testing requirements.”

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